Parenting Beyond the Rules: Raising Teens with Confidence and Joy
I’ve heard it said many times that children don’t come with an instruction manual. While that may be true, there are so many women that have walked the path before us that we can learn from and pattern. Connie Albers is one of those wise women that has walked the path and not only survived, but came out the other side better than when the journey began. In Parenting beyond the Rules, Connie shares her wisdom on raising teens. She compares it to painting a masterpiece.
Parenting teens is one of the most challenging seasons of parenting, isn’t it? While this can be a difficult time of transition for parents and teens, there is hope. You can parent well and build a stronger relationship even through the teen years.
After 30 years of parenting five children and 20 years of working with teens, Connie Albers has witnessed the negative impact of well-intentioned but misguided parenting styles, all focused on managing teens rather than guiding them. But through learning to focus on the hearts of your teens, you can avoid those pitfalls and build relationships that last beyond the transition years as you intentionally learn about, connect with, and listen to your teens. In a world filled with distractions and devices, it is possible to guide their hearts and remain the primary influence in their lives. In Parenting beyond the Rules, you will discover how to raise a teen according to his or her strengths, talents, and personality type, as these things equip teens to manage life.
About the Author
Connie Albers is a popular speaker and writer dedicated to strengthening families, parenting, homeschooling, faith-filled living, social media, and leadership. Her practical content inspires and equips parents in the trenches. Connie has been a spokesperson for a Fortune 500 company as well as serving as a director and board member for a nonprofit state homeschool organization.
Having left home when I was only 14, I didn’t have a good relationship with either of my parents. I also didn’t have direction, guidance, or support during those troubled years.
When I became I parent I knew that I wanted to have a different relationship with my children. I was, of course, clueless! As parents, we stumbled along making mistakes and praying our incompetence didn’t ruin our children.
Teen years are challenging
The teen years for our children (all seven of them) were challenging to say the least. Oh how I wish I had know Connie back then! I met her in 2015 at a conference one morning when we were both sitting outside the restaurant at our hotel waiting for it to open. Both of us had multiple roommates and had gone to find a place where we could work and not bother them as it was still dark outside. Connie came and sat down beside me and we introduced ourselves. It was at this first meeting that she shared that she felt she was being called to write a book about raising teens. I am so glad that she followed the heart tug from the Lord and poured herself into this book.
This book is such an encouragement and will be such a blessing to parents.
The practical advice that Connie shares is priceless. As I read page after page, I laughed and I cried. I cried more about the lost time and the wasted struggles that our family dealt with as each of our teens transitioned into adulthood.
Thankfully, all of our children are married to wonderful partners and are raising beautiful families. And while their children are in various stages, they seem to be handling things so much better than I did when they were young. As well as they are doing, each of them was given a copy of this book to read. I can’t wait to see our grandchildren grow up with parents that are better equipped to paint the masterpiece of future generations.
Don’t have a Kindle? Grab one for yourself. They are so nice to use for reading. I love my Kindle Fire and my little one uses the e-Reader version (just for reading without the added games and internet options).
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